If you read my post from the first week of August, you saw how I used design boards to visualize my room layout, colors and functionality. Here is the end result of all of the planning and work.
I have worked all week organizing, moving, hanging focus wall pieces, cutting, laminating and sewing. There is still much to do as far as journal assembly and planning, but the bulk of my room is ready. Here is a photo from the hallway as you enter my room:
I have a nice size classroom, but there is never enough storage. If I add storage, it seems cluttered. So I do the best I can to make the space work. Here is the view from my small groups table:
One of my favorite purchases this year is the alphabet shower curtain from http://educents.com/#MaggiesKinder
On my tables are the crayon organizers from four years ago. I have retouched the paint, but this year may be the last year before they need a major overhaul. I love using the Crayola triangular crayons to begin the year. They help kids to get the perfect grip right off the bat.
My library corner is small, so I make it functional by providing comfy seating and plenty of fiction/non-fictional
seasonal or current theme books The rest of my library is stored in covered file boxes and are rotated all year.
I am excited to use my morning meeting area focus walls. One contains the calendar and the other contains my alphabet chart and sight words. I also have my whole brain teaching baseball scoreboard ready to go. It is a cookie sheet painted with a ball diamond for our team and the opposing team. We try to make a home run each day for extra minutes of brain breaks or Go Noodle dances!
My small group reading area has beanie babies with strategy posters and teaching ideas by Deanna Jump! I am going to enjoy using these materials this year. I have had the beanies for several years, but have not used this method of keeping track of my strategy instruction with each small group. It’s going to be amazing!!! Look for her guided reading packets 1 and 2 in her store! I still have things to do on my table! Still loving the skirt and new bucket seats! You can learn how I did the bucket seats soon when I post a link. I use fabric over cardboard for seat cushions, but I cover the fabric with clear contact paper. They stay clean and new!
Thank you for peeking at my classroom! I still have more to do, so the big blog launch will be soon. Watch for details!!!